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14th-Aug-2006 01:28 am - fresh start...
ok, so i'm starting afresh. I don't wanna mess up yet again this week so have restarted my sparkpeople account and set some small acheivable daily goals:

- keep a food diary

- 10 mins of exercise

- up date my spark people and journal

also gonna try to eat 2 pieces of fruit a day, and promise myself that if i slip up i will NOT use it as an excuse to blow the whole week!

and you're all my witnesses!
13th-Aug-2006 01:10 pm - arghhhh....
it's been a while since i got anywhere, keep starting over each week and by midday i've given up and decided to try again next week.

why can't i find the motivation??

this is really depressing!
6th-Apr-2006 01:01 am - new to running?

so i decided to have another go at this fitness and weightloss stuff. but this time i've set myself a challenge to do the 5k race for life in june.

have started a beginners training plan, and really wanna have a go at doing this right!

i looked for a community for new runners but couldn't find anything. So have set one up...

so for anyone thinking of having a go at running please join.. or for those with experience, please come along and share your tips and advice... i'm currently all on my own and very lonely!

new2running

12th-Mar-2006 07:27 am - In the past two weeks...
Two-and-a-half weeks or so ago, I picked up on a more intense/longer cardio routine, trying to prepare myself for re-entry into the jogging world. I have one of those "cross-training" machines, I guess it is called. The foot pedals can be set to simulate cycling-walking/jogging-crosscountry skiing. Anyway, it is a lot less jarring on the joints, and since I am still quite hefty, I thought it would be a good way to condition my innards before my outards :) start showing more results, so I can be comfortable whilst jogging. I at first started off at 12 minutes, and that was TOUGH! Since then, I have increased my time per day to a full hour, the fastest I have ever improved on any exercise program/routine. I have been at an hour for a week, wow, and yesterday's workout felt like it was nothin', so today I may try increasing resistance, time, or try one of the programs the machine offers.

My results from the past two weeks are:

Weight: -1 pound
Waist: -.25"
Abdomen: -1.5"
Hips: -.75"
Chest: -.5"
Right Thigh: -1"
Left Thigh: -.25"

For the first time since I've started taking measurements, I am losing INCHES before POUNDS! Now, THAT is very important to me. I could care less how much I weigh, so long as the inches start coming off. I understand that I am more than likely building muscle with my new routine, which rocks my socks quite a big lot. I don't believe in that whole "I lost combined inches" thing, since I personally think that can be misleading, so I will update here every few weeks with how much I've lost from which areas. So far, I haven't lost anything from my arms. I need to start taking a reading from my calves to see how they build up and form.

As a last part of this update, le sigh, I haven't been working my yoga for the past several days...for at least a week, to tell the truth. I really need to get back into it, but I have really been trying to focus on my cardio. I am still retaining the flexibility I have gained from yoga to date, but I need to continue practice to further such benefits and to insure I don't have a relapse. I may set a new date to challenge myself to keep with it again.

I am finally enjoying exercise again. It's about time, sheesh! ;)
Dark Isis
28th-Feb-2006 08:33 pm - Forgot to post about it...
Heya, everyone. I just wanted to say that I completed my 3-week challenge. Although I missed two of the 21 days, I stuck with it...Yoga is now a definite habit of mine. I am up to 30 minutes a day, along with a separate cardio workout, and have lost 12 pounds this past month.

My diet is improving quite a bit, but I need to eat more frequently. I have still been eating only 1-3 times per day...I want to get it to 4-5 times per day, and eat less per each of those meals. What I eat has improved drastically, though. I am craving "better" foods, so that is really cool. I hope to lose another 10 pounds this coming month.

I am proud to say that I no longer question myself as I exercise (one of my last goals here was to not doubt my abilities while exercising). I do what I can, how I can, for as long as I can. In that, I have seen the largest improvements I have ever encountered within myself, physically and mentally. My flexibility is improving more than it ever has, and my mind set toward exercise and myself while working it is something to shout from the hilltops.

My next goals are somewhat long-term:

*To get down to 200 pounds (currently at 225) - giving myself three months, hopefully it won't take so long, but I can wait it out to see how my body feels on the situation.
*To start jogging late spring/early summer - I want to get my weight down to at least 200 before I start so I don't injure myself.
*To build my yoga practice up to an hour daily - this will take a while, but I am amazed at how my ten-minute routine exploded into 30 minutes within a month of working with it.

Other things I am impressed with about my body's changes: lung capacity, recovery time, and doooooood, triceps are peeking out of my arms. WooT! ;)

I hope everyone else is doing well with their goals! Give us a holla, holla!!
Dark Isis
17th-Feb-2006 11:19 pm - First Post
This community sounds perfect for me. I love makeing goals, its following them that I have trouble with, lol. But yes, I'm positive that will change this time, now that I have a place to hold me accountable. I am 5'2" and weight around 130 LB. My long term goal is to weigh 113 LB. by my first day of my Senior year of high school (August 2006).

Goal #1: Loose 2 LB.
Goal #2: Stick to my 1,500 Calorie limit every day this week.

I will be checking in every Sunday. See yah next week!
i really do need to try harder. the last couple of months i just haven't had the motivation. just recovered from pleurosy and feel a little healthier...

so gonna give this stuff yet another go!
8th-Feb-2006 09:44 pm - Week One is Done!
Heya, everyone.

My weekly check-in: I have finished week 1 of Power 90, and already feel improvements. I am falling back into the exercise routine rather nicely. The best change so far is that my mind is ready for it. Go me and my brain.

My diet is improving, but I still have many weaknesses in it...I am working on that, though.

My goals for this next week:

1 - I want to lose 2 pounds this week.

This past week I have lost 5 pounds, but haven't changed the diet enough to make a huge difference like that yet. Every time I have ever started some sort of exercise routine and start eating better foods, the first few weeks I lose a considerable amount of weight, then it slows down to the 1-3 pound range per week after. I am not starving myself, and I am not overexercising. The difference is I am no longer overeating and I am exercising.

2 - I want to stop doubting myself as I exercise.

This is a big deal for me as I tend to think, "I should be doing this like so-and-so does." I know that when I get into the grove of exercise I push myself to work as hard as I can without injuring myself, but even that seems like it is not good enough. I want this time to count, and thoughts like that really are a downer and tend to be what makes me give up in the long run; "I can't do this because it isn't perfect". I don't want to doubt myself anymore.

I am still cranking away on the 3-week challenge, as well. Three days down, 17 more to go! Thanks to Beth for giving me the incentive to do something new!

Good luck this week!
Dark Isis
6th-Feb-2006 02:35 am - 3-week challenge
I will check my blood sugar daily.
5th-Feb-2006 10:17 pm - As per wtchywmyn's 3-week challenge:
I will practice yoga for at least 10 minutes every evening in addition to my current exercise routine for the next 21 days to make it a habit.

During the time span, I may increase the length of time, but for starters, 10 minutes sounds good. Now, who's next? ;)
Dark Isis
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